Nebbiolo

Not one for travel, Nebbiolo is a grape connected to its homeland. It has been stubborn and unwilling to replicate the great heights it achieves only in the region of Piedmont, in the fascinating wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. This province is famous for hazelnuts, white truffles and its rich cooking and eating traditions. Influenced by French Savoyard history, proximity to Italian royalty, and the late-blooming industrial wealth of post-war manufacturing booms in Turin and Milan. The rolling hills around the small village of Alba known as the Langhe, are a UNESCO world heritage area. Honouring the transmission of distinctive living cultural traditions. No surprise that this region was a key catalyst in the birth of the Slow Food movement. 

The Nebbiolo harvest occurs in late October as the autumn mist and fog descends. Its wine shows a shimmering smoky pale ruby tint in the glass and has a capacity to age for decades. Thanks to its persistent tannins and bracing acidity. It is hauntingly perfumed, evolving in the glass in ways that transfix its followers.

Sustained interest in the wines, has seen even junior appellations like Langhe Nebbiolo fetching high prices, but you’ll also find accomplished Nebbiolo elsewhere. Upper Piedmont (Alto-Piemonte) in the north (Gattinara, Ghemme, Boca), as well as the Valtellina alpine terraces of Lombardy, here known as Chiavennasca.
2016 G.D. Vajra Albe Barolo
2013 Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo)
2014 E. Pira (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Mosconi